For Immediate Release:
17 September 2012
Group Names Chinky the Top Dog
Hyderabad – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Chinky beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the first-place winner of PETA India’s first-ever Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Chinky, whose guardian is 27-years-old Hyderabad resident Alokparna Sengupta, edged out hundreds of other lovable community dogs to become a finalist. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is to adopt a lovable Indian dog from the streets or animal shelters. The second-place winner of the contest is Jack, whose guardian is Amirtham R from Madurai. The third-place winner is Danny, whose guardian is Rohan Agarwal from Lucknow.
“Chinky proves that adopting a dog from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with a joy and love that words can’t express”, says PETA India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “Though Chinky has won our contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”
Alokparna rescued Chinky on a cold night last winter in New Delhi. Chinky was ill and suffering from a gaping wound on her back. Alokparna took her to the veterinarian, and now Chinky is doing well. Alokparna can’t imagine her life without Chinky now.
PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt Indian community animals instead of buying puppies (or kittens) sold in pet stores. Because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign breeds of dogs suffer from breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
Chinky will receive a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and Alokparna will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue” T-shirt as well as an autographed copy of PETA India founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! Chinky will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.
Photographs of Chinky, Jack and Danny are available upon request. For more information about Chinky and the other two winners, please visit PETAIndia.com.